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n. Greek Mythology
The goddess of the harvest, daughter of Rhea and Cronus and mother of Persephone.

[Greek Dēmētēr; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the goddess of agricultural fertility and protector of marriage and women. Roman counterpart: Ceres


(dɪˈmi tər)

the ancient Greek goddess of agriculture, identified by the Romans with Ceres.
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In memory of her sorrows Demeter establishes the Eleusinian mysteries (which, however, were purely agrarian in origin).
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He called her Artemis, Demeter, and other fanciful names half teasingly, which she did not like because she did not understand them.
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In the second ancient story, that of Demeter and Persephone, the underworld journey of Demeter in search of her daughter Persephone is read as a "myth .
Bioland and Demeter would rather see the adoption of European Union standards, which are not as strict.
Gagne asserts also that Demeter and "Dionysius" presided over the rites of harvest but that Demeter's role as goddess of harvest was surpassed by her role as suffering mother (10).
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In "Demeter and Persephone," Tennyson's characterization of the goddess gives an account of the loss of her daughter that consists of strands from the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, from Ovid's Fasti and Metamorphoses, and from Claudian's De Raptu Proserpinae, works that originated over a period of roughly a thousand years of classical story-telling.
I would like to suggest why, and how, Pater utilizes female figures to envision the "form" of subjectivity and cultural renewal, and to examine the exceptional representations of female subjectivity--one positive, the other negative--found in "The Myth of Demeter and Persephone" and "A Prince of Court Painters," respectively.